As the New Year approaches, we continue our series of 2017 Previews with our Most Anticipated TV: the new and returning series we can’t wait to see over the next 12 months…
10. STAR TREK DISCOVERY (NEW • CBS)
The Trek franchise returns to the small-screen, and though Bryan Fuller has departed as showrunner, we’ve high hopes for this diverse new adventure in Gene Roddenberry’s rich sci-fi world.
9. HOUSE OF CARDS (SEASON 5 • NETFLIX)
It’s Underwood vs Conway in the General Election, but how will Netflix’s political drama equal the excitement of the real election (and the departure of showrunner Beau Willimon)?
8. TABOO (NEW • FX)
The reliably-terrific Tom Hardy leads this enigmatic period drama, produced by Ridley Scott. Cue some spectacular hats.
7. TWIN PEAKS 2017 (NEW • SHOWTIME)
David Lynch’s beloved mystery is back, with a star-studded cast too big to namecheck (but, most importantly, the return of Kyle MacLachlan).
6. BETTER CALL SAUL (SEASON 3 • AMC)
Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad prequel arguably surpassed the original show in terms of quality last season, so we can’t wait for this third run, as Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy continues his transformation into the man we know as Saul Goodman.
5. FARGO (SEASON 3 • FX)
Fargo Year 2 was somewhat underwhelming, but a return to present day and far more promising cast- Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Scoot McNairy- have raised our expectations for Noah Hawley’s third Coen-inspired wintry murder mystery.
4. THE STRIKE SERIES (NEW • BBC)
J.K. Rowling’s excellent, London-based detective novels are brought to life, with Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger (no relation to Hermione Granger) cast as army veteran Cormoran Strike and his feisty assistant Robin Ellacott, solving complex crimes in the modern metropolis. BBC’s adaptation of Rowling’s previous adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, was terrific– we expect no less from Strike.
3. BOJACK HORSEMAN (SEASON 4 • NETFLIX)
For the past three years, Bojack Horseman has been perhaps the most profoundly moving, heartbreaking show on television. Where can Bojack (Will Arnett)’s story go from here?
2. THE LEFTOVERS (SEASON 3 • HBO)
Damon Lindelof/Tom Perotta’s compelling commentary on faith, grief and storytelling- a hybrid of dark character studies and contemporary Old Testament retellings- returns for a final 8-episode run, with the action moving to Australia. Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston etc. will return.
1. LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (NEW • NETFLIX)
Daniel Handler’s Unfortunate Events books (and Brad Silberling’s wonderful 2004 film adaptation) are some of the greatest childrens’ fiction of the past 30 years. It’ll be difficult for Netflix, director Barry Sonnenfeld and star Neil Patrick Harris (bringing a very different interpretation of Count Olaf to Jim Carrey’s) to do the series justice, but we have our fingers tightly crossed that they shall…
Agree with our choices? What are your most anticipated shows of 2017? Let us know in the comments!